The biggest story in Pa politics these days has to be the new voter ID law and whether, as Mike Turzai has signaled, it will deliver Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes to Mitt Romney, or is an effort to ensure voting is free of fraud, as Republicans have usually argued in approving their bill.

The ACLU and other groups have sued to block the law, saying it will deny residents without accepted photo ID their constitutionally-protected right to vote. Meanwhile the state announced last week that about 10 percent of registered voters -- many of them in Philadelphia -- do not have driver's licences, which along with government/university/senior center IDs are the main form of acceptable identification under the new law.

Meanwhile Democrats and union allies worried about the law's impacts still don't have a list of voters without ID -- it's difficult to create without help from PennDOT -- and are really worried about the impacts this fall, the liberal site TPM writes.

The state has also had trouble updating the new rules on the website for the Dept. of State (which oversees elections), still listing old rules for ID at Pa polls, the AP reports.

Enter the Corbett administration. The Philadelphia City Paper reports the governor's office has hired a PR firm headed by a Republican fundraiser to produce spots educating voters on the new rules, which pitch the law as a voters-rights measure.

"Your right to vote. It's one thing you never want to miss out on," says one spot from the firm's video channel (since pulled), over black & white photos of the women's suffrage movement.

The P-G's Kaitlynn Riely reports that Allegheny County GOP chief Jim Roddey joked about the bill during a Romney campaign counter-rally to President Obama's Pgh visit on Monday:

“Ladies and gentleman, you are living in a state that is going to ensure that the people who vote are supposed to vote and only once," he said, a line that drew applause from the crowd of about 200 Romney supporters in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. They were there to see Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty campaign against President Barack Obama.

Mr. Roddey joked that he had previously re-done his will so he could be buried in Philadelphia and continue voting from the grave.
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written by Theretheygoagain, July 10, 2012
$250,000 for those two ads? First thing that stands out is at the end of both ads it says contact us today and displays the State's election website.

I guess they figured that 100% of the State's residents have access to a computer and the Internet. It would have been real simple to include a toll-free phone number. If one doesn't have a driver's license it's likely they don't have a car. If they don't have a car because they can't afford one and the auto insurance they quite possibly can't afford a computer and internet services. Recently read where up to 40% of Philadelphia households do not have access to the Internet at home, yet that is where a great number of the registered voters were not found in the PennDOT ID databases.

They didn't have the common sense to include a toll free phone number.. $250,000

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